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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto, read by Adam Sims. 

We remove dust to sweep away our worldly desires. We scrub dirt to free ourselves of attachments. We live simply and take time to contemplate the self, mindfully living each moment. It's not just monks who need to live this way. Everyone in today's busy world needs it. 

The Zen sect of Buddhism is renowned for the cleanliness of its monks, but cleaning is greatly valued in Japanese Buddhism in general as a way to cultivate the mind. In this audiobook, I introduce everyday cleaning methods typically employed in temples while sharing what it's like to be a monk in training. 

This book will improve the condition of not just your own mind but also the people around you. I hope listeners will discover that cleanliness is an opportunity to contemplate oneself.

Audio updated as of March 2018

©2018 Shoukei Matsumoto (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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struggled to finish

Nothing extra ordinary, the writer mostly talks about really common things over and over again.

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Simple, beautiful and satisfying

This book made me realize how a mundane and ordinary task like cleaning my home and surroundings is vital for healthy living. Listening to this book was just beautiful and satisfying. I am a lot mindful and grateful for the things around me. "Thumbs up Zen monks you guys know what you are doing."

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Gentle reminder to lead a simple life

It's a short audio book telling us what we know already but need to be reminded gently to actually put that in daily practice and experience joy from it. It's beautifully narrated and simply written.

If you're debating in your head about spending money on buying this audiobook or not, I'd suggest doing it. Skip buying an outside meal once and buy this one instead. Listen to it when you're not distracted and practice mindfulness with it. By the time you finish it, you may even thank your awesome self for giving it time.

It's a tiny book of roughly 2 hours only and you can listen to it while taking a walk in a park on a weekend morning. I loved the investment I made in listening to this early morning today at around 5.30 am.

The crux of this book - Experience a joyful life filled with simple acts of mindful cleaning. :)

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Good one

loved it, this is fastest I have finished any book. Peaceful to listen. Recommend everyone to listen.

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excellent book for practicing on daily basis with

lot of things to implement for continuous improvement as welfare measure of individuals.

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Mindful cleaning

A new way to look at the daily chores and habits. It is a great realization that the chores could be satisfying and even enlightening if practiced with sensitivity and mindfulness. Nice book.

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A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

Every time I hear it's inspire me a lot and helps improve cleaning activities

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The Audible Cleaning Influencer

I liked this book a lot. Infact I have listened to it end to end whenever I want to destress by cleaning. It is broken down into the motivation behind the cleaning and how to clean broken down to the last detail of the type of cloth you should use to dust.

Its simple, its easy to follow, it explains the role and purpose cleaning plays in a monks life and how we can go back to this basic act to find ease, peace, joy in a task that is now a days secondary to our professions.

A few words, here and there, are missing from the narration. And there really isnt much of a story. Just a good old informative guide to why we should clean, what does it symbolize and how does it have an impact on our physical and metal spaces.

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The author relate everyday house chores with the mind . After listening to this i try to remove blockers / impurities near me . I am becoming more organized

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Beautiful insights into monastery cleaning

Easy going book.
No life hacks but utter simplicity.
Highly recommended book for anyone.

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  • SAMARA
  • 14-01-18

delivers what it promises

Would you listen to A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind again? Why?

yes, the lessons are worth listening to again

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I like how it ties observations about buddhism with the suggestions on how to clean. It opened up my mind to a different way of approaching everyday tasks. Peaceful and encouraging read.

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  • 31-01-18

A good book.

This book seem like a good entrypoint to a calm mind.
it unfortunately ends abruptly.

The narrator was excellent.

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  • Average shopper
  • 22-02-18

Robotic voice; finished abruptly without any conclusion, please fix

This is peaceful and relaxing book with good advice. However as I have already mentioned in the headline, the reading voice is robotic and so not very pleasant. The last chapter just stops unexpectedly.

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  • Eleanor Bear
  • 15-01-18

Short and cut out before the end

I would not recommend this book. It was very short and the end of the book on audible came in the middle of a description of a breathing exercise. I would say this book could be useful for a monk learning how to look after a temple, but it really didn’t offer much for a normal householder like me.

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  • Gill
  • 16-09-20

Monks life

Very interesting encounter on daily cleaning which takes place in Buddhist temples. It's short but contains lots of informations. I will definitevly listen to it again on slower speed and make some notes this time and research what exactly are all these tools he's been talking about. Especially I'm interested in the essential oil used as insect repellent in wardrobes as it might be nice change for traditional lavender used in eastern Europe.

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  • Billy
  • 14-04-19

Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy soul.

A great book that reminds us the importance of taking care of the things we own and the place we live which ineffect gives a sound mind, body and soul.

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  • 15-05-22

Change

If one only practiced 1 task described in this book, your life would become better.

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  • ZCC
  • 24-07-21

A joy to listen to!

So relaxing, it's almost meditative. It's made me look at cleaning in a whole new light - something mindful and uplifting, instead of a chore. The narrator is very good too.

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  • Rosetta
  • 22-03-21

now temple cleaning in my 2 bed flat!

I didn't realise how meditative I'd find learning about how to clean a temple from a monk with a lovely relaxing voice... I live in a flat!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-20

note for the author

thank you!🙏 & Namaste!❤

those who have their hearts open will understand some basic infos to apply on daily life and improve all together.👌

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  • Garfield Braithwaite
  • 27-04-20

utterly tedious, trivial and best avoided

i wouldn't bother if i were you. i desperately wanted to enjoy this book, didn't. stuffed full of empty platitudes dressed up as esoteric wisdom. utter shit

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-18

90% content is about house cleaning, only 10% about mind

As a german housewife, I find the daily cleaning tips like feather duster and backing soda not what I‘m looking for in this book, but about cleaning the mind there is not so much new ideas. „Dust of the mind should be also removed“ is all what is said. Deeply dessapointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-01-18

so short and sweet you can read again

I fell asleep listening tbh. but it's so short. do you can listen to it many times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-18

Good to fall asleep to

I was hoping for more. It was a book about how to clean your home.

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  • Eloise Geerdink
  • 08-02-18

Inspirational without the cringe

Best narration of a book so far. Incredibly detailed but with a lot that you can apply without having the life of a Buddhist monk.